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Brightening up children’s care facility

by Darren
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New & colourful artificial lawn at Pietermaritzburg Child & Family Welfare Society’s playground.

By providing a colourful, new surface of artificial lawn, The Belgotex Floors Foundation was able to brighten up the Pietermaritzburg Child & Family Welfare Society’s playground.

The playground of the “Ekhaya Lethemba” community home in Pietermaritzburg, which provides a temporary place of safety for abandoned, abused and HIV-positive children, was completely resurfaced with DuraTurf artificial lawn.

Transforming the facility from a hazardous dustbowl into a cheerful, safe and stimulating environment for children to play in, the Belgotex Floors Foundation installed a new mini sports field, bright basketball court and low-maintenance artificial lawn beneath the jungle gym and around the perimeter. The playground equipment also received much-needed maintenance and upgrading.

“We want to provide a happier environment for these kids to play in,” said Edward Colle, Executive Director and co-founder of the Belgotex Floors Foundation.

PMB Child & Family Welfare Society deals with 70% of child abuse cases and 85% of all foster cases in the municipality but is struggling to continue to render services due to lack of funding and inadequate government support. The Society needs to secure regular support of R120 000 per month to keep services operational and relies heavily on donations and sponsorships from companies and individuals.

“This playground and our monthly donation of R20 000 will help give abused kids a better foundation in life,” enthuses Edward. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see their joy as they play on the grass.”

The Belgotex Floors Foundation implores all staff, businesses and residents to pledge their support to PMB Child Welfare, however big or small, and help them continue to make a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable.

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